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Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

June 26, 2017 @ 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM

|330 (scholarships are available)
In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the Holocaust allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. In this three day seminar--featuring the fully revised printed edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior—teachers will: -Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias -Increase their ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, antisemitism, and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis -Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make -Engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives -Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully This seminar is recommended for upper middle and high school social studies, civics, and humanities teachers committed to implementing a four-week (or more!) Facing History unit. If you are a teacher at a Facing History Chicago partner school in a subject or grade level outside of these educators​, please reach out to your program associate or email chicagooffice@facinghistory.org about your interest in attending. Illinois educators can earn 21 Clock Hours for full participation in this course. Scholarships are available for CPS educators to cover all costs except a $30 registration fee, payable upon acceptance.


National Teachers Academy
Chicago, IL 60616


Facing History and Ourselves